Exciting things are always afoot.
Danielle Dionne and Elizabeth Coppock submitted an abstract for the Linguistic Society of America's Annual Meeting in New Orleans, January 2020 and it was ACCEPTED as a TALK! Go us! We will be presenting in the Experimental Pragmatics session on Sunday January 5th, 11am-12:30pm.
The title of our talk is: "Cross-linguistic pragmatic differences as a function of hyponym complexity".
A paper by Elizabeth Coppock, entitled "Most vs. the most in languages where the more means most", has just appeared in a volume entitled Definiteness Across Languages, published by Language Science Press.
In August 2018, Elizabeth Coppock will be a keynote speaker at Language in Quantity and Thought, a workshop to take place in conjunction with ESSLLI 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria. She will present her joint work with Eli Ganem on verification strategies for proportional quantifiers.
Elizabeth Coppock and Elizabeth Bogal-Allbritten had an opportunity to present their work on quantity superlatives at SALT 28, right across the river at MIT.
Our poster was rather pretty if we may say so ourselves. Download it here:
Elias Ganem's summer UROP project was highly ranked by the evaluation committee, qualifying him for a UROP Humanities Scholars Award. This award provides $500 in student supplies and/or travel support for him, in addition to $1000 in research funding for the lab. Go Eli!
Boston University's UROP program has generously agreed to fund two exciting summer projects!
Elias Ganem: Cross-linguistic experimental investigations of fragile superlative readings
In this project, we will carry out experiments probing the meaning of proportional quantifiers such as “most” in several different languages. The goal is to determine whether the “fragile superlative reading” that has been detected for English exists in languages where proportional quantifiers differ from English in their morphological structure.
Miriam Yifrach: Defining definiteness in Turoyo
In this project, we will carry out an investigation of definiteness-marking in Turoyo, an endangered Semitic language, based on interviews with native speakers. The goals are to determine where definiteness-marking lies on the spectrum from “weak” to “strong", and to characterize the circumstances under which definiteness-marking is used in combination with quantificational expressions.